Category: Politics and government

  • Chief Rabbi to Deputy Minister Ebrahim – "Do the honourable thing, resign"

    You probably read that Deputy International Relations Minister Ebrahim recently advised South Africans not to travel to Israel due to its impasse with Palestinian authorities. His statements attracted a tremendous amount of criticism from the Jewish community and Chief Rabbi Goldstein published a very pointed open letter to the Deputy Minister criticising his apparent personal […]

  • Spear to the heart

    This Zuma painting debacle is becoming sickening. An artist paints a work that criticises the president and the response is outrage and an implicit insistence that the president is beyond reproach and criticism. Today two people protest the painting in a bold but non-violent protest by defacing it (and apparently ruining it) and their protest […]

  • Small minds crippled South African democracy

    I’ve been reading a couple more stories both anticipating and discussing yesterday’s shameful vote to pass the Protection of State Information Bill in Parliament. There are some terrific quotes in these articles, all of which are worth reading: Times Live’s article titled “The bitter triumph of small minds”: If our parliament votes this bill into […]

  • Apartheid is a ridiculous metaphor for Israel

    Our friend, Rolene Marks, wrote a post titled “Bearing Witness” a few weeks ago about the embarrassment that was the Russell Tribunal “trial” in Cape Town. I hadn’t heard of this “tribunal” before reading Rolene’s post and now that I have, I can’t help but think how absurd it and the Apartheid metaphor are. The […]

  • City Press reveals Julius Malema's corruption

    Update: I just published a few preliminary thoughts about the legal implications of the judgment on in my post titled “Privacy, freedom of expression and Julius Malema’s failed City Press gag attempt“. Just reading the City Press’ articles about Julius Malema’s trust fund and came across this nugget: The other source, a seasoned businessman […]

  • A few thoughts about tomorrow's elections

    We have the right to vote, or to choose not to vote. We have the right to choose who to vote for. We have the right to criticize politicians. We have a multi-party political system. We have a Bill of Rights and a Constitution that makes all this possible.

  • ANC SMS spam ahead of elections

    The Democratic Alliance was heavily criticized in the last day or two because of it’s massive SMS election campaign. I didn’t receive the most recent SMS the DA sent out (which makes me wonder about it’s database) but I did receive this gem below from the ANC instead. As you might have guessed, it is […]

  • Reconsidering the infamous Goldstone Report

    I read this first paragraph of this opinion piece by Judge Richard Goldstone about the infamous Goldstone Report and just felt heaviness and sadness: We know a lot more today about what happened in the Gaza war of 2008-09 than we did when I chaired the fact-finding mission appointed by the U.N. Human Rights Council […]